Pune, 23rd September 2022: College of Engineering Pune (COEP) is one of the premium engineering colleges and has been a dream for many students, especially from Maharashtra. For many years, admissions to COEP were through the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET).
On the other hand, most of the other top government colleges like NIT, and IIIT were admitting students based on their scores on the national-level exam JEE mains, conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA).
Though the syllabus and preparation of all the engineering entrance exams, like CET and JEE, are almost the same, students usually get confused in prioritising the exam as they are unsure of COEP and NITs. The slight difference between CET and JEE mains is about the complexity of the problems. CET tests the students’ speed by asking too many easy problems, whereas JEE mains is a test of in-depth fundamentals of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of 11th and 12th.
“I always focused on understanding the concepts and solved many practice problems of each topic. Sometimes while solving higher-level problems, I faced difficulties, but I used to get them resolved with the help of faculties at Prime Academy. Before appearing for the actual exams, I had practised many mock tests. Most of them were based on JEE pattern, but just before CET, I practised a couple of CET pattern tests as well. Since the level of problems of CET was relatively shallow compared to JEE, I was very confident in the CET exam hall,” said Aditya Bangar, currently pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur. Aditya prepared for JEE at Prime Academy Pune and scored 99.9 percentile in CET.
Now there is good news for upcoming engineering aspirants. This year onwards, 20% of the admissions to COEP will be offered, based on JEE mains score. This crucial decision by the government has multiple advantages. Now deserving students with a strong command over technical subjects will get a chance to grab a seat at COEP even if they missed scoring in CET for any reason. Secondly, upcoming engineering aspirants can focus on the subjects rather than wasting their time deciding which exam to prepare for.
Ideally, 2023 engineering aspirants should finish their syllabus by October 2022 to get sufficient time for revision and mock tests. For any reason, if they are yet to complete a significant chunk of the syllabus, they should not press panic buttons. They must consult their mentors to figure out a strategy for the next few months and work as hard as possible. Still, they have sufficient time before they face competitive exams like JEE and CET. There have been students who came up with flying colours in engineering and medical entrance exams based on the hard work of the last few months before the exam.
In subsequent articles, we will discuss strategies to prepare efficiently.
(Lalit Kumar is B.Tech from IIT Bombay and became one of the youngest authors of IEEE by publishing his technical paper on “Power distribution and Automation” in 2021 at the age of 21. He is CMD and founder of Prime Academy Pune and is well known for his engaging and intelligent teaching methods for the last 20 years for engineering and medical entrance exams like JEE, CET, and NEET. The list of students mentored by him consists of approximately 3000 IITians, including Sushant Sachdeva, the only All India Rank 1 in IIT JEE from Pune)